The Team

Local experts and mentors. International advisers and organisations. Designers, investors, peer entrepreneurs, and future alumni.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK.

Participants

AFRICAQUA

AfricAqua is developing sustainable decentralised safe water systems across Kenya. Adolescent girls spend hours each week gathering water, much of which is not clean and poses significant health risks. AfricAqua is creating a network of water shops in rural areas to shorten the distance girls need to travel for clean water.

BANAPADS

BanaPads is a social enterprise that produces a low cost, comfortable sanitary pad from natural agricultural waste materials. The product has the potential to empower girls who miss school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products. Women in local communities manufacture BanaPads from banana biowaste, and the company trains young female entrepreneurs to market and distribute the product door-to-door.

EARTHENABLE

EarthEnable are an affordable flooring company opening up a high-growth market for home improvement in Rwanda. Dirt floors are breeding grounds for disease and pose a health threat to women and girls who are tasked with cleaning them. EarthEnable educates and employs local masons to build safe, earthen flooring solutions that are 75% cheaper than concrete equivalents.

ENSIBUUKO

Ensibuuko is a mobile banking solution that allows savings and credit co-operatives to expand their reach to unbanked and under-served populations. Ugandan farmers, many of them adolescent girls and young women, need funding to be able to serve local markets and expand their agribusinesses. Ensibuuko connects them to the right credit co-op via mobile phones, saving them travel time and money.

FINANCE TRUST BANK

Finance Trust Bank is a microfinance bank built by women, for women. It empowers entrepreneurs across sectors with personalised loans to help scale their businesses. Girls in Uganda need safe and easily accessible places to keep their money, plus education on how to make that money grow. Finance Trust Bank delivers an array of options, from a Girls Choice saving account to Junior Savers loans.

GREEN CREDIT

Green Credit is a microfinance lending institution providing finance for women and adolescent girls to launch businesses. A lack of easy access to capital cripples many girls’ startups, from roadside stands to agribusinesses, and precludes others from ever getting started. Green Credit offers a range of customised loan options to fit its customers’ needs and help their startups thrive.

HAUTE BASO

Haute Baso is an innovative fashion boutique servicing the global market with jewellery, bags, and apparel drawn from Rwanda’s vibrant culture and history. Haute Baso incorporates female artisans into its growing workforce, providing them access to skills and entry-level jobs that are otherwise hard to come by.

JIBU

Jibu provides a water purification and distribution model that entrepreneurs can implement across East Africa. Safe, affordable drinking water is a scarcity in underserved urban areas, and fetching it costs adolescent girls hours of their time each week. Jibu provides seed franchising to deliver a high quality, easily replicable purification model. Its franchise system also incentivises entrepreneurs to create local jobs.

KADAFRICA

KadAfrica has an innovative model for unlocking earning potential from agribusinesses. Ugandan schoolgirls are often tasked with farming but lack the access to modern techniques and adequate land to make it profitable. KadAfrica teaches and trains girls in farming best practice and provides land and seedlings for them to launch their own passion fruit farms.

KIDOGO

Kidogo is an affordable early childhood development (ECD) service with the potential to serve a huge market of working mothers in high-density urban populations. The burden of childcare often restricts young working mothers from reaching their full potential and forces girls out of school to care for younger siblings. Kidogo relieves this burden by providing access to low cost, high quality childcare and education.